The Hinch Story
Hinch Distillery, located in the beautiful grounds of Killaney Estate, Co. Down, Ireland.
At the Hinch, (taken from Ballynahinch, meaning ‘town of the island’ in Gaelic) and set amongst County Down’s rolling green drumlin hills, we have created a distillery that has aspirations well beyond 'the ordinary', ambitions to be creative well beyond 'the easily achieved'. County Down has a strong distilling history and from the late 18th to the early 20th century was home to seven Irish Whiskey producing distilleries. We are intensely proud to be part of the continuing story of County Down with the creation of the Hinch Distillery.
We are inspired by the distilling traditions and skills exchanged over the centuries during the ebb and flow of Gaelic peoples across the Irish Sea. Informed by the past but looking to the future we are creating Irish whiskeys that are reassuringly smooth yet very distinctively richer and bolder in character.
Within the Hinch Distillery design, we have incorporated many unique elements.
Our grain to glass distillery has been custom built to produce a very particular styles of Irish Single Malt Whiskey. We use water from the Mourne Mountains, traditional Irish mashing processes and are of course honoured to be part of a proud Irish history of triple distillation. Our whiskey Mash House contains not one but two mashing vessels, allowing us to maximize our flavour profiles.
This in turn allows our fermentation to deliver a greater array of flavours that ultimately flows through to our whiskeys.
Our stills have been specifically designed with reflux in mind, allowing the vapour and copper interaction the extra time it needs to build a more distinguished flavour profile.
Ninth Wave Gin is inspired by our love of Irish mythology, its links to the sea and the role it has played throughout the history of our country.
Legend tells of a mystical, magical place, invisible to the naked human eye, known as the 'Otherworld', where the Irish Sea God Mac Lir lived. The Ninth Wave was the barrier that separated the earthly world from the Otherworld. It was said to be greater than any other wave, and only by conquering the Ninth Wave could a mortal enter the Otherworld - where sickness and death did not exist. A place bestowing eternal youth and beauty, here, music, strength, life and all pleasurable pursuits came together.
Our Irish gin has a bottle design, in ocean blue glass, incorporating the symbolism of the Celtic Triskellion (triple spiral) which adorns many ancient monuments throughout the island. We thought a beautiful gin deserved a beautiful bottle! For our Ninth Wave Irish Gin we grow some of the botanicals on the Killaney Estate.
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